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12 May 2009

Cancer patients challenge the patenting of a gene [USA]

Author: John Schwartz, New York Times [USA]

[A] lawsuit against Myriad Genetics and the Patent Office, challenging the decision to grant a patent on a gene to Myriad and companies like it…blends patent law, medical science, breast cancer activism and an unusual civil liberties argument…Companies...

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7 May 2009

Cipla Pharmaceuticals' Yusuf Hamied: 'I Am Not Against Patents ... I Am Against Monopolies' [India]

Author: India [email protected]

Many basic, life-saving medications remain unaffordable in low- and middle-income countries. Spurred on by that fact, Yusuf Hamied, chairman and managing director of Cipla Pharmaceuticals, has steered his enterprise to the forefront of global...

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24 April 2009

Archrivals join hands for AIDS fight

Author: Pillman, DNA (Daily News & Analysis) [India]

GSK and Pfizer have come together to form a new company ideally created to tackle the pandemic of AIDS… GSK chief executive Andrew Witty said "…This new company will be better placed to…improve access to treatments."…A few generic drugmakers, however,...

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13 April 2009

Easing the passage of AIDS medicines to Africa [Canada]

Author: Michael Geist, Toronto Star [Canada]

[T]he World Trade Organization reached agreement designed to facilitate the export of medicines by opening the door to a compulsory licence for developing countries…Canada became an early adopter of the agreement by reforming the Patent Act…Several...

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7 April 2009

[PDF] Better Returns in a Better World - Access to Medicines Meeting Note

Author: Oxfam & Insight Investment

On 7 April 2009, we held the first of the Better Returns in Better World project workshops, focusing on the specific issue of access to medicines. The overall objective was to examine the contribution that has been made by investors to the access to...

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1 April 2009

Better Returns in a Better World - Briefing note for the access to medicines workshop

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1 April 2009

[PDF] Better Returns in a Better World - Briefing note for the access to medicines workshop

Author: Oxfam & Insight Investment

Contents 1. Preamble 2. Access to medicines: The development perspective 3. The pharmaceutical industry’s response and Oxfam’s views 4. The role of investors 5. Workshop questions 6. Further reading

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31 March 2009

How GSK's access to medicine plans will shake up Big Pharma

Author: Oliver Balch, Ethical Corporation

Andrew Witty…the chief executive of…GlaxoSmithKline…has now sent out signals that could radically alter Big Pharma…GSK, he pledged, would slash prices for a host of medicines, share patents for dozens of compounds and invest in health infrastructure....

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29 March 2009

Pill under pressure - Local companies blocked from selling cheap, life-saving drug [Jamaica]

Author: Janet Silvera, Gleaner [Jamaica]

Jamaican pharmaceutical company, Indies Pharma, is gearing up for a court battle with international drug-manufacturing giant, Pfizer-USA, over local distribution of hypertension medication…Because of a 2005 court injunction granting Pfizer-USA the...

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18 March 2009

Merck gives malaria drug to non-profit group

Author: Reuters

Merck & Co is donating an experimental anti-malarial medicine to a not-for-profit research organization in the latest example of drugmakers stepping up efforts to address health issues in poor countries…Merck said…it had granted the Medicines for...

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